Controversial bar given permission to open later hours

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A Sheffield bar has been granted a slight increase in its opening hours - after original plans were scaled down due to concerns from neighbours.

Lion’s Lair, in Burgess Street, wanted to open until 2.30am each night.

The plans were an increase to hours in the week - although a reduction at weekends, when the venue has been able to open until 5am.

But people living nearby were unhappy about the impact of noise and music from the venue.

The proposed extra hours were discussed at a meeting of Sheffield Council’s licensing board.

Under new proposals, only a limited extension between midnight and 2am was agreed for Wednesdays and Thursday nights, with 5am closure remaining for weekends.

A Sheffield Council spokesman added: “The Lion’s Lair application was granted with a host of conditions.

“The Lion’s Liar will remain a member of the local pub watch scheme or any replacement as long as it exists and attend regular meetings, and a challenge 25 scheme asking for proof of age must be operated.

“There will be zero tolerance of illegal drugs.”

The bar has also been banned from allowing under 18s inside, a police-approved colour CCTV system must be fitted and door staff must be at work on nights the bar is open after 1am.

Measures to limit noise breakout have to be installed and all windows and the inner front door shall be closed after 11:30pm, with the beer garden out of bounds after midnight.